Our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are open to international students who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their Cranfield course and wish to gain an insight into academic life before beginning their postgraduate study.

Working with a team of well qualified and experienced tutors we will help you:

  • Improve your English language skills to satisfy our English language entry requirement.
  • Develop and improve your knowledge and use of academic English.
  • Prepare for the kinds of assignments you will complete on your postgraduate course.
  • Develop the confidence and skills needed to succeed in your academic studies.
  • Introduce you to life in the UK and to UK culture.

All of our Pre-sessional EAP courses are delivered face-to-face on our Cranfield campus.

Course content and assessment criteria

Entry requirements

Please refer to each course section below, but note some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or your offer letter.

You must hold an offer for a postgraduate course to be considered for Pre-sessional courses.

Course content

  • Understanding the process approach to academic writing.
  • Developing critical thinking skills.
  • Developing effective reading strategies.
  • Extending writing and research skills.
  • Improving English grammar to support clear communication.
  • Delivering a variety of effective presentations.
  • Developing academic vocabulary.
  • Improving listening and speaking skills.
  • Using online materials to support essential independent learning.

Course structure

Courses are delivered face-to -face on campus. Students will need to be available at set times daily within a standard working week.

Assessment criteria

You will be assessed throughout, and at the end of, the course. You will only be able to progress to postgraduate study if you successfully complete the course.

The results from your Pre-sessional English course will be valid for entry to Cranfield postgraduate courses for two years.

Winter programme details

Some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or you offer letter.

20 week course

Start date Tuesday 4 January 2022
Mid-course break Saturday 12 March 2022 to Sunday 20 March 2022
End date Friday 27 May 2022
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI - minimum 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in all skill components)
PTE Academic UKVI - minimum 53 total (minimum 53 in all skill components)
Course fee £5,500
Application deadline Friday 26 November 2021

10 week course

Start date Friday 18 March 2022
End date Friday 27 May 20222
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI - minimum 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skill components)
PTE Academic UKVI - minimum 59 total (minimum 59 in all skill components)
Course fee £2,750
Application deadline Friday 4 February 2022

5 week course

Start date Friday 22 April 2022
End date Friday 27 May 2022
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI - minimum 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skill components)
PTE Academic UKVI - minimum 62 total (minimum 59 in all skill components)
Course fee £1,375
Application deadline Friday 11 March 2022

Summer programme details

Some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or you offer letter.

20 week course

Start date Friday 22 April 2022
Mid-course break Saturday 2 July 2022 to Sunday 10 July 2022
End date Friday 16 September 2022
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI - minimum 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in all skill components)
PTE Academic UKVI - minimum 53 total (minimum 53 in all skill components)
Course fee £5,500
Application deadline Friday 18 March 2022

10 week course

Start date Friday 8 July 2022
End date Friday 16 September 2022
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI - minimum 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skill components)
PTE Academic UKVI - minimum 59 total (minimum 59 in all skill components)
Course fee £2,750
Application deadline Friday 27 May 2022

5 week course

Start date Friday 12 August 2022
End date Friday 16 September 2022
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI - minimum 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skill components)
PTE Academic UKVI - minimum 62 total (minimum 59 in all skill components)
Course fee £1,375
Application deadline Friday 1 July 2022

How to apply

To apply you will need complete the form available below. You need to hold an offer for one of our postgraduate courses in order to make an application. The form will ask you to confirm the details of your course offer and your previous English language experience, and any tests you have previously taken.

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